Hide the Soft Keyboard on an Android

By Ken White

The soft keyboard on Android smartphones and tablets is designed to appear whenever you tap inside an input field on your device. However, if you have an Android phone like the Motorola Droid or the HTC Desire that includes a physical QWERTY keyboard, you may want to hide the soft keyboard and always use the physical keyboard. You can disable the soft keyboard, whether it’s a stock Android keyboard or a third-party keyboard, through the Settings app.

Tap the Application drawer on your Android home screen, scroll to the Settings app and touch it. You can also press the “Menu” button and tap “Settings.”

Tap “Language and Keyboard.”

Scroll to “Text Settings” and tap the soft keyboard you want to hide. When you tap the keyboard name, the green check in the check box will disappear and the keyboard is disabled. If you have multiple soft keyboards installed, touch each one to disable it.


If you have multiple soft keyboards, you can hide some keyboards and leave others available. For example, you can hide the default Android keyboard and leave a third-party keyboard like Swype or SwiftKey available for use..